Help poor — Macron:


Arab Times - - INTERNATIONAL -


Pres­i­dent Em­manuel Macron says the French state fu­eled home­grown ex­trem­ism by aban­don­ing its poor­est neigh­bor­hoods, and is promis­ing tough and “some­times au­thor­i­tar­ian” new mea­sures to com­bat the prob­lem.

The pledge is part of a multi­bil­lion-euro plan that Macron is lay­ing out Tues­day fo­cus­ing on subur­ban hous­ing projects plagued by crime and job­less­ness.

Macron was un­usu­ally harsh in his crit­i­cism of pre­vi­ous govern­ments, say­ing rad­i­cal­iza­tion took root be­cause the state ab­di­cated its re­spon­si­bil­ity in im­pov­er­ished pub­lic hous­ing, and ex­trem­ist preach­ers filled the void.

He said his gov­ern­ment will present about 15 mea­sures to fight rad­i­cal­iza­tion and will close “un­ac­cept­able struc­tures” that pro­mote rad­i­cal­ism and “try to frac­ture us.”

Sev­eral ex­trem­ist at­tack­ers who have tar­geted France in re­cent years were raised in trou­bled French so­cial hous­ing and rad­i­cal­ized here. (AP)

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